do you ever cry because years ago, emma was at her apartment, alone on her birthday, making a wish, that she didn’t have to be alone, and then her little boy appeared on her door and that changed everything forever. and then she wasn’t alone on her birthday anymore.
and she will never be alone again. never again. she has her loving parents, a little brother, a man who loves her unconditionally, her baby boy and even a friend (that it’s more like a sister).
emma swan will never be alone on her birthday again. she found home and she found love and she has a family and friends.
so i think she can’t make wishes using cupcakes anymore, now she has a big group to share a cake with.

happy birthday emma swan, darling princess

Drawing tools and tipps

I´m often asked to give advice on how to get better at drawing and what kind of tools I use, so I put together some links for you. Hope this is helpful…

Books about drawing that I highly recommend:

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards

The basics! The infos in this book are extremely helpful and applied correctly they will improve your drawing skills dramatically in a very short time. Also they are 90% of everything you´ll ever need to know about drawing. The rest is practice, practice and practice some more.

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Figure Drawing by Anthony Ryder

This book shows you how to develope a beautiful shading technique using hatching along with a meditative state of mind. There are tons of excellent, excellent drawings by the author in here as well (which are worth the money for the book all by themselves).

The Artist´s Complete Guide to Drawing the Head by William Maughan

Learn more about drawing the facial features, shading and understanding the whole process of drawing.

The Artist´s Way by Julia Cameron

Not about drawing, but about art and creativity itself, no matter if it´s music, drawing, visual arts or any other kind of art. The best book about creativity I´ve read. I highly recommend it for… well everybody. Because it´s just good! ;)

The Artist´s Way Workbook by Julia Cameron

Not really necessary, but if you want to get even more out of the “Artist´s Way“-book and work with the exercises more intensely, this is the book for you. (Along with the other books of the author) 

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain Workbook by Betty Edwards

Again not really necessary if you have the other book by Betty Edwards, but if you want to really improve your basic drawing skills and work more intensely with the recommended exercises, this book is very helpful. I guarantee, that you will see dramatic improvements in your skills by working this book through from a to b no matter at what stage of developement you are.

Stars by Sebastian Krüger

This is a fun one by an favourite artist of mine. I find his caricatures very inspiring, funny and deep at the same time.

My weapons of choice:

Technical Pencils

Lead holder with Leads (from B to 6B) (just a personal preference, normal graphite pencils will do the job too)

Charcoal Pencils

Eraser Pen (I L.O.V.E. it!)

Kneeded Eraser

Electric Eraser (great tool!)

Stumps

Good drawing paper like this

Sooo I hope this was helpful… :)

Cheers,

Christian

The Who, the What, and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History

Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski, and Matt Lamothe

The Most Generous Book in the World – a heartening illustrated homage to the wives, mothers, brothers, benefactors, and other quiet champions behind some of history’s most celebrated creative geniuses: George Washington’s dentist, Alan Turing’s teenage crush, Emily Dickinson’s dog, Alfred Hitchcock’s wife, Roald Dahl’s mother, and more.

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So one really exciting thing that happened for me at this year’s DragonCon (like two months ago now oops) was getting to see these jedistuck cosplayers in person! I’ve admired this group for a really long time, and seeing them in person was pretty surreal. 

In ensuing post-con giddiness, I went on a jedistuck sketching rampage of sorts, and the results have been languishing in varying states of completedness ever since. 

Original cosplays/designs (and for the most part poses) belong to: pyropi, gothichamlet and hhhhammy (cowbuttcrunchies), swearingsoubrettesystirmo, and terieri

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